George Beverly Finlay, Sr.

George Beverly Finlay, Sr. was born on January 13, 1929, in the country outside of Austin, at a time when doctors made house calls, often by horse & buggy. According to his mother Gladys Finlay and father, Oscar Edgar Finlay V, Dr. Beverly came out to their house in a storm to help deliver him, hence his middle name of Beverly. George lived in Houston almost his entire life, progressing from St. Thomas High School, to the very FIRST class at the new University of St. Thomas where his picture still hangs alongside his new college classmates. Along the way he had some very interesting adventures, enrolling and playing sports at UT-Austin, and the new University of Houston as well. George had a Sweet Crooner’s Voice, which he used to sing in dozens of clubs around Houston in the 40’s & 50’s, and was a mainstay on Houston radio in the 50’s, where he sang LIVE along with a pianist. He made several records in the Sinatra style, but none were really commercial hits. After his wife was almost killed by a wayward truck in the 50’s, they used the settlement money to come to Houston, eventually buy a home, and start my father’s insurance agency. Through some bad luck turns, he left that business and accepted a position, for 35+ years, with the State Board of Insurance. As an avid Catholic, and non-fan of HISD, he insisted on sending ALL of his children, from grade school to high school, to Catholic schools. To pay for this, he took a second job driving a Yellow Cab in Houston for over 30 years. After his 6 month retirement (he said it was too boring), he took a position with the City of League City for ANOTHER 15+ years. The last several years of George’s life were spent with his wife of 55+ years Barbara Jeanne King Finlay, until she passed, then trying to amuse himself reliving his days from earlier in his life, making an entire new set of friends and admirers. George B. Finlay, Sr. cared greatly for his progeny, and put all of his children through college or helped them with education loans and computer skills. George passed away on June 26, 2017 and is survived by his four sons, George, John, Charles, and Thomas, as well as his very caring daughter, Michele. He has numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, acquitting himself well in propagating the Finlay name. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Bernadette’s (281-486-0337). Rosary Thursday evening July 6 at 7:30pm, at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster–Memorial Service Friday July 7 at 10:30am, followed by a reception. St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062.




  1. Mr George was a kind and sweet and hilarious spirit. Prayers to your family Tom. I know you all will miss him. He did enjoy life as he could.

    Tasha Kearney
  2. George was a man I admired. He was a good friend and mentor. My condolences and prayers go out to the family.

    Hugo MonDragon

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